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2021 Legislative Agenda

Advancing and defending LGBTQ civil rights
 

Equality Illinois is working to advance the following legislative initiative during the 2021 session of the Illinois General Assembly.

REACH Act
HB 1736 and SB 647
Requires age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive personal health and safety education in public schools, grades K-12. An initiative of Equality Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, and the REACH Act coalition. Take action by clicking HERE.

REACH Act fact sheet

Birth certificate modernization
HB 9
Permits self-attestation in order to correct the gender marker on a birth certificate (removing the requirement for a healthcare provider’s note). 

HIV decriminalization
SB 655
Repeals the HIV criminalization law. An initiative of the Illinois HIV Action Alliance. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Demographic data collection
SB 2133
Requires hospitals to collect demographic data for COVID-19 cases and requires state agencies to expand demographic data collection (including sexual orientation and gender identity) on participants in state programs. An initiative of a task force that includes Equality Illinois, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health, and SAGE. Learn more about the importance of inclusive data collection by clicking HERE and HERE.

Modernizing name change law for political candidates
HB 57
Allows trans folks to run for elected office without having to publish their former legal names on petitions and on the ballot.

Allowing gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms
HB 3195 and SB 457
Allows public and private entities to implement gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms if they want. Sets conditions. An initiative of Justin Sia and Equality Illinois.

HB 3195 SB 457 Gender Inclusive Restrooms Fact Sheet

Charting inclusive corporate board leadership
SB 1730
Requires corporations in Illinois to annually report out on the data for the self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity of the members of their boards of directors.

Standardizing name changes on marriage certificates
SB 2321
Creates a uniform standard that county clerks must adhere to for name changes on marriage certificates. An initiative of Equality Illinois and Chicago House and Social Service Agency.